Tainan, May 11 (CNA) A Salvadoran woman was killed after being hit by a cement mixer in southern Taiwan last week, local police confirmed.
In a press release on May 10, Tainan City Police Department Yong Kang Precinct said officers received a vehicle accident report at 5:52 p.m. on May 7.
The initial police investigation showed that a motorcyclist, later identified as a 27-year-old Salvadoran national, was thrown to the ground when her motorcycle was hit by the concrete mixer as she was changing lanes.
The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious head injuries, but was later pronounced dead by medics, according to the police statement.
A field sobriety test showed that the driver, a 41-year-old man surnamed Cheng, was not driving under the influence. He was released after initial questioning by prosecutors.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the police statement.
As El Salvador does not have a representative office in Taiwan, police liaison officers contacted relatives of the victim through the El Salvador embassy in South Korea, the police statement said.
Tainan police will ensure the victim’s remains are returned to his country of origin, the statement said.
The woman was employed by a company in Tainan and had no relatives in Taiwan, according to the police report.
The accident only gained media attention after a social media post questioned the ‘blackout’ of the woman’s death and why local law enforcement officials refused to publish video footage of the accident recorded by road surveillance cameras.
The Tainan City Police Department denied any cover-up or irregularity in handling the case.